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Evolution and Ancient Astronauts
Some proponents claim that the life that exists now is so highly unlikely, that there must have been an intervention from the aliens.
The counter argument is that there was no goal. This is not the only outcome that could’ve come, so the probability of random events leading to this current state is very low.
Matt Dillahunty of AExp put it this way
Deal 5 cards out of a deck
Those cards are random and it is highly unlikely that you’d deal the same way again
But still it happened once, you can’t say that the first deal was impossible
Graham Hancock takes a different view. While his pet theory is that an advanced human civilisation existed before 10,000 – 12,500 BE (12,500 – 14,500 BCE) at times he alludes to ancient aliens for some technology.
Archaeology professor and author of Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries, Ken Feder’s found three themes in von Daniken’s books: “The first one I called ‘the horny astronaut hypothesis’ because essentially what von Daniken was saying was extraterrestrials, millions of years ago … landed on Earth, they got out of their space ships and figured, you know, even at the speed of light, if they could travel that fast, it’s a big universe, they’ve been cooped up there a long time; they exit the space ship and what’s the first thing they do? They start cruising for chicks. In von Daniken’s hypothesis, they actually find females – the spacemen are always spacemen – they find female primates, they mate with them, and the mating results in the next step of evolution. … When von Daniken says that they mated with these critters, and that they kept coming back, and that every stage of human evolution that paleoanthropologists find – that that next stage was wrought by subsequent matings of ETs with these hominids, Earth got the reputation of kind of being a party planet, and they would arrive and start boinking the hominids.”
Sagan said about this: “as a human ancestor, you’d probably be more successful mating with a petunia than with an ET, because at least you and the petunia evolved on the same planet.” The idea that they have matching DNA and matching physical parts to the point that they could have fertile offspring is laughable.
Building With Stone
Stargate (movie and the TV series)
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
X-Files (not sure of episodes)
Futurama!! A Pharaoh to Remember
Murderous Gay Pastor…
Maryland Mom Kills 2 of Her Children in Attempted Exorcism
Indian Village Tribunal Orders Gang Rape of Woman
A Finnish Blood Service Claims It Can Measure Sin from Blood (in Finnish)
– Head of research for the blood service Droppi (droplet) Mikko Vapa claims that they can scan a dried up droplet of blood to test the health of a patient and the amount of sin.
Quote: “The idea is that sin shows as measurable inflammation. This idea is based on the Bible (surprise surprise), which claims that sinner’s blood will dry up white. The claim is that sin has a biological counterpart”
Quote: “The whiter the blood, the more tainted it is. Red blood is clean, but as the cleanliness goes down different symptoms appear.”
Associate professor of religious studies, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, writes the claim off as humbug in “Church and the City” Magazine, but Vapa claims the company is in it completely seriously.
Senior Physician from Oulu University Hospital’s laboratory Nordlab says that dry blood analysis is not a method they use.
Quote: “It sounds strange that this method would reveal anything from the blood, from which you could make conclusions about the person’s health. I would compare this to reading the future from new year’s tin.”
Droppi ltd has also got public funding for 22,500€ to improve the process automation of dry blood analysis.
Links and Attributions
Bone calendar referenced by Dumbass
Ancient Astronauts in Pop Culture
Documentary: The World Before Her – about two women in India (one is a model and the other is from local Al Qaeda-like organization.)
My response to Michael McElroy’s question about my use of valerian root.
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